The bodies of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were identified by their clothes on Thursday as they were charred beyond recognition in a helicopter crash, police said.
"We go by evidence like what clothes one is wearing. A pilot wears a particular uniform and we can find traces of that uniform on the body," said state Director General of Police S S P Yadav.
The bodies of the chief minister, his special secretary and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer P Subrahmanyam, chief security officer A S C Wesley, pilot Group Captain S K Bhatia and co-pilot Captain M S Reddy were found amid the chopper's wreckage.
The police chief said the bodies had been airlifted and shifted to Kurnool for autopsy.
Yadav said the pilot of the chopper had deviated from the flight path. "What made him deviate is something that technical experts will look into," he said.